Category Archives: Home Decor

Japanese Flower Motif Coasters

Japanese Flower Motif Coasters

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These Motifs were just waiting to be made……And I went for it when A Dear Friend and talented crocheted Amanpreet Sokhi created a CAL for it.

 

Here is a graph of the Japanese Flower Motif…….

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This Graph is slightly different…in the last row.

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Here is a Russian blog with a pic tutorial……

http://olavas.blogspot.ae/2011/04/oppskrift-pa-japansk-blomst.html

Another Blog with a tutorial…

http://wouldyoulikeyarnwiththat.blogspot.ae/2012/05/japanese-flower-motif-free-pattern.html?m=1

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HAve fun doing this one..:-D!!

Crochet Rose

Crochet Rose

 

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Crochet Chronicles:

Aren’t roses beautiful? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love this glorious genre of flowers. And this is seen in the profusion of patterns created and posted by so many talented crocheters . So today I thought let me make a little rose to go with the hairband that I posted here last week.  This pattern is a very simple one and a very popular one as well….

Materials Used:

Red Rose Thread #10

Hook : 1.5 mm

Tapestry needle

Method:

Depending on how big and how many layers you want your rose to be…Hook in chains in multiples of 3….each 3 chains represents a petal. I am making a little rose to fit in with the hair band that I made.

Hook in 39 chains plus 3. Total 42 chains.

Row 1:

3 ch, skip 3 chains and dc in 4th chain; *3ch, skip 3chains and dc in 4th chain*….continue ** until the end. what you get is a pattern like a ladder…….with 3 chain loops.

 

Row 2:

Now we create the petal on top  of first row.

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Now, slowly roll the petals using the ladder part as the stem. Make sure that when you roll the petals around each other it forms not the shape of a rose. Use a tapestry needle to sew the stem and the inner petals in place so that it stays together.

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And voila…You have a lovely little rose…:-)

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Here are some graphs to make roses uses different combinations of stitches in almost the same way.

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Just to practice do try to make some of the other roses as well…..Enjoy yourselves..and above all ..Keep that smile on..Love and Hugs…:-)

Krishna Ashtami – Krishna Pendant

Peacock Feather & Flute Pendant

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How to make the Peacock Feather

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Materials Used:

Thread: Red Rose #8 in 3 colors and Red Rose Metallic Gold

Hook: .09mm and .075 mm

I used this link to make the peacock feather appliqué used in this pendant

http://livingthecraftlife.blogspot.ae/2014/02/peacock-feather-applique-free-pattern.html

In the last round I used a very thin golden machine embroidery thread. First I threaded in matt gold seed beads…..Use  hook #.075mm or less for this row.

chain one up , sc in same stitch; sc while adding the seed bead to that sc; sc; sc with bead…continue until you finish the last round.

At the crown of the peacock Appliqué …add a stone.

Flute:

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For the Flute you need to create wha tis called an cord in crochet. It is also known as tubular crochet where you crochet in the same manner but use beads as well…This is a very beautiful form of crochet. How ever, here, I have just used a plain gold thread to make the flute. And because of the minuteness of the work, I used a match stick to help me. It made crocheting a tube in such fine thread much easier.

Hint: Make sure that you put in a marker to show your starting point at the beginning of each round.

The link below will help in showing you how an cord is worked.

http://perchica.ru/post340632462/?upd

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The above is the same method used for the flute….made below…..

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 I started the tube with 5 chains in the first round; then 5 scs in every consecutive round until I reached the edge of the match stick.

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When you reach the edge of the flute slowly reduce the number of stitches in the round. In a flute …the end form where you blow is flat. To create this sc dec (single crochet decrease) is done.

Single crochet Decrease

Begin the round with 4 scs……then skip the next  sc; ss.

chain up; sc into next  4 stitches…that is repeat the previous round here.

Chain up; 3 scs inot next 3 stitches; skip the fourth stitch;ss

Repeat the previous round again.

Chain up; 2 scs into the next 2 stitches; skip the third stitch; ss

Repeat the previous round twice.

Now you have a tapered and flat end on one side of the flute.

Once the work on the flute is over…. use a thin flexible crochet wire or any jewellery metallic wire to add embellishments. You can also sew on beads and other decorations depending on your artistic taste..;-)

I used the thin wire behind the peacock feather and threaded it in and out of the 5th row to give the feather a stiffness and I twisted the same wire without cutting it to create a loop at the top. I, then crocheted scs over the wire to cover it. This created a loop through which I can run a chain to hang the pendant from.

The flute was sewn on after work on the feather was completed. For added firmness I used another piece of the  wire from behind the pendant  to secure the flute on.

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And That’s that….a lovely locket to wear for a special occasion!!!

For other Ashtami patterns do check these links….

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/krishna-ashtami-crochetbaby-feet-motif/

Crochet Hearts

How to Crochet Hearts 

 

We women love to make hearts…..the fact that the diagrammatic representation of the heart has no similarity to the original organ hasn’t fazed us at all. We have decided that this is what we would like the organ to look like. Crocheters from all walks of life have created such beautiful designs that I find it difficult to choose which and what patterns to include here…1800352_363662473771684_616634949_n

 Basic and simple Heart Pendant

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Method to Make this very simple Heart

Make a Magic Ring.

Then one chain, one sc, 1 hdc, 9 dcs, 1 trch (treble crochet), 9 dcs, 1 hdc, 1 sc each one chined into the ring.

ss into the base of the first chain.

Then pull on the tail of the magic ring to reduce the space of the loop…..Voila you have a lovely crochet heart…String it onto a satin or silk ribbon…and you have a lovely piece of jewellery…all made by yourself.

 

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Row 1:

Chain in 11 plus one  – Total 12 chains

Row 2:

Single Crochet into the next 11 chains, Turn

Row 3

1 ch up, sc in same loop, sc  into next 10 stitches.

Row 4 – Row 12

Repeat as in Row 3

After Row 12 . Cut thread and tuck in the tails.

Now you have the square base of the heart….The next step is to hook in the 2 arches that make the top portion of the Heart.

1.Join thread on the left side of the square at row 4 and chain in 5; ss in the 8th row.

2. Ch 5,  ss in the  first sc of row 12;

3. Double Treble Crochet: ( yo 3 times) into the half ring that you have created, Ch1;* Dtrch, 1ch*; Repeat ** 8 times…ss into the sc of the first row, after the last dtrch made.

4. Cut thread and tuck in.

To Make the arch of the heart on the other side…Join thread on the 12th row in the 4th sc, chain 5 then ss in the 8th sc of the same row.( counting from right to left)

The repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.

Voila a Beautiful Heart!!!

 

Different  Heart Patterns 

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 Hanging Hearts

 

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Heart Pattern worked in Single Crochet

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Heart Pattern Worked in Double Crochet            

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Heart Pattern Worked as in a GSq..

 

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Heart Edging 

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Heart Basket 

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 Heart Pouch

 

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Heart Thorans/Buntings

 

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Crochet Heart Doily

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Pattern for Heart Cushion

http://mossitabellacrochet.blogspot.com/2012/01/cojin-de-corazon-granny-crochet.html

 

Pattern For Heart Doily

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 Irish Crochet Heart(Pattern in Flicker)

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So see how easy it is to crochet a heart and how many types of crochet hearts are just waiting to be made by you…….As I always say…Have fun…enjoy the ride and keep that beautiful smile on…..The world needs intrepid and talented crafters like you!!!!

Crochet Ovals

 

Crochet Ovals

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I never quiet realised how much one can do with crochet ovals. To me the extent to which you can use this shape began and ended with doilies and table runners. Then Pinterest happened and it opened up a whole new world. There are crochet oval rugs, placemats, coasters,Bag bases, baskets, the oval shape required for eyes for an amigurumi project etc….

Here we will learn how to crochet  a basic oval pattern, This is a closed pattern where in there aren’t much space in between the stitches…so this is a great pattern to use when you are thinking of a bag base.

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitich

 

To Begin With:

Hook in 16 chains.

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Round 1:

Hook in 16 chains.

3ch up, 5 dc in same chain(turning stitch); Then one dc in each of the following chains until you reach the last chain; 6 dc in the last chain, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the 3 chain up at the beginning of the row.

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Round 2:

3 ch up: 2dc in each of the next dcs of the previous round;  1 dc in next dc. (Turning stitch)

1 dc in each of the next 14 dcs; Next stitch is dc on dc of previous round; Then 2 dc in each of the next 4 dcs; dc in dc; 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches; ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of  round 2.

 

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Round 3:

3 chain up. 2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs. 1 dc in the next 14 dcs.2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs.1 dc in the next 14 dcs.ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of round 3.

 

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How to crochet oval eyes for ur Amigurumi projects

Bread Basket

http://todays232.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=6172672&item=104

Oval basket

http://www.antiquecrochetpatterns.com/easy-crochet-basket- pattern.html

Link to oval doilies

http://crochet.about.com/od/oval-shape/tp/oval-pattern.htm

Link to oval placemat

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/oval-placemat-coaster

 

Pattern For an Oval Basket

 

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Pattern For Baby Booties

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Spiral Oval

 

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Pattern For An Oval Table Runner

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http://chabepatterns.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/oval_base2.pdf

 

So there you are……Crochet Ovals……a lovely and elegant shape that lends a kind of dignity to your work.  Did you find it easy to work on? Do let me know ….Sayonara for now….Next Post How to crochet the diamond shape.

Crochet Rectangles

 

How to Crochet A Rectangle

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Crochet rectangles are so useful! Bag bases, scarfs, pillow covers,punches, purses, clutches,  door mats…etc….all these can be made by using a basic rectangle pattern. And when you make a fabric collage of rectangles you can make garments, Afghans, baby blankets curtains, bedspreads…well almost anything…..as you well know crochet is flexible, adaptable and totally craft friendly….:-)

 

How to Hook a Crochet Rectangle

There are many patterns to make a crochet rectangle . Here I have shown three patterns

1. The Closed Pattern…very useful to make the base of a bag or if you want to make an afghan which is closely stitched.

2. Open Pattern: This is done in the 3 dc together stitch and is less time consuming than the closed pattern.

3. Granny Square: A much more open pattern and very easy to do….

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

 

1. Closed Pattern 

 

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To Begin With:

 

Hook in 14 chains plus 3( for the next row)

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Round 1: 

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2 dcs in 4th chain; 2 ch; 2 dc in same chain as before; chain in 12 dc into each of the next chains ; chain 2, 3 dc in the 13th chain,  2 ch, 2dc in the same chain;

Now you have turned on to the opposite side of the chain link. Hook in 12dc into the next 12  chains; chain 2, 2dc; ss into 3rd chain of 3 chain .

Round 2: 

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Round 3:

3 chain up,  3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; *2dc in 2ch loop of previous row, 2 ch, 2dc as before*( This is your turning stitch).

 

Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; 3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; Repeat **; Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; ss into 3 ch of beginning 3 ch.

I am not doing the 3rd row as it is just  a repetition of the 2nd row but in each row the dcs will increase…..so keep the count.

2. 3 dc together  Pattern:

This is another pattern for the rectangle..it is a more open pattern.

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3. Granny Square Pattern:

Granny Square pattern is very popular, and as you can see very easy to work out.

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Here are some pics that I got from the net …just showing you how well this shape adapts to different projects.

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Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns

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Rectangle base for bag

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Tunic Top worked in a rectangle 

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/how-to-crochet-a-tunic-top/

Patchwork Car Coat…Pattern form Lionbrand yarns 

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L32204.html

How to make a cushion cover using crochet rectangles

http://www.stonehouseworkshop.com/crochet-rectangle-granny-square/

How to make a Granny rectangle from the crochet crowd.

And there you are……So Easy……..since I learnt it form the net and books….I never knew the significance of knowing to hook shapes….but 14 years on….I know now that crochet like any other art is best learnt step by step…first the stitches, then shapes and then onto projects incorporating these stitches and shapes. Once you get the basics in like this, you have the tools to create your own designs…and that’s where I want to take you…It took me ages to figure out all these things for myself…simplifying the process of learning is what I am trying to do for all who are interested.

Hope You will try this out and let me know how you found this lesson.

Crochet Pouf Cover

CROCHET POUF COVER

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Crochet Chronicles:

One upon there lived a lovely little pouf……she was a pretty lass…clad in rustic earthen hues and adorned in shells and wooden beads. Time passed and the glory of her rustic hues faded, the shells and beads unable to bear the ravages of time fell off leaving our glorious damsel jaded and a bit unsure of herself….No longer did visitors to the home ooh and ahhh over her. She felt that life had passed her by……and that there was no escaping the abyss of old age….at least that’s how she felt…

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Until….one day she discovered, that age or growing old had nothing to do with feeling good…….the thought which came to her out of the blue….changed her life….so she decided to love herself a little more, to  take care of herself a lot more….and just as a wild summer goes into a blazing  Autumn, dancing around in  hues of reds, browns, mustard, yellow, ochre, orange, brick and tan……..For Pouf too…..Life changed…..it became more meaningful, peaceful and divine….much, much better than it ever was…………

Oh……..Alrite….I had this pouf which had bust it’s seams and needed to be fixed…:-D!!!!

Method:

First you need to make the surface of the pouf….I  used a Mandala pattern. You may have seen that post…Here is the link to that post….do the mandala accordingly.

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https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/mandala/

Materials used for the side of this pouf cover :

Soft Feather , Nature – 250 gms,  Maroon

Cotton Sirdhar, Laura Knitting cotton – 50gms – Red approx

Bali Ochre and Brick….25 gms approx.

Hook size: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used:

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Once the Mandala is made,  you have to make the side of the pouf…..this is made like you would hook in a basket. I made most of the side in hdcs…..so working in the inner loop/ the back loop of the last row of the Mandala on the wrong side…

Row 1-3

Hook in one hdc per chain until end of round. SS.

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Row 4 – 7

Then, I began to reduce the stitches cos the shape of the pouf that I was working on was such…. I began with missing one hdc every 30 stitches for the next 4 rows.

Row 8

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 9- 10

Next reduce it by one every 25 stitches for 3 rows,

Row 11

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 12- 16

Then reduce by one every 20 stitches for 5 rows

Row 17 – 19

Reduce by one every 15 stitches for 3 rows

Row 20

hdc in every chain in the next row.

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Row 21- 26:

3 chain up, 2 dc in next 2 hdc; 3 chain skip 3 hdc; *3 dc in next 3 hdc; 3 chain, skip 3 hdc; 3 dc in next 3 hdc;* Repeat until end of row…ss into the 3ed chain of the starting 3 ch.  

Row 27 – 34:

Chain 2 chain up; 10 hdc in each hdc ; skip one hdc….continue by reducing one stitch every 10 hdc. End with a ss.

Row 35:

Slip stitch in every hdc. This gives the project a smooth, professional  finish. The piece now fits well over the pouf…but you need to cover the area where the Mandala is joined t the side to create a finished look. To do this I created a wave stitch around. You need to make a covering stitch in the row where the last stitch of the Mandala begins to work the side…that is the first hdc stitches. You work this covering stitch on the front loop of the last stitch of the Mandala.

How to work the Frill/ Covering row:

*sc, hdc, dc, trcr, dc, hdc, sc*; in the front loop. continue ** to the end.

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This Pouf is 25 inches by diameter and the height is 12 inches. But it’s shape isn’t even….it bulges in all kinds of places and hollows in at the oddest places……which is why the reducing of stitches is done the way it has been done…you will have to find your own way to work out the side….So this post can just, be used as a guide and I do apologise for that.

Isn’t she Lovely now?….I feel like Stevie Wonders…..Isn’t she Lovely, Isn’t she beautiful, isn’t she wonderful….la……la…la…..I know silly…..but there you are…..have always liked making up stories about inanimate things…..Chalo….See ya in my next post …it’s going to be a tutorial post…..how to make rectangles….Just need to make that photo tutorial and we are done…!!!!! Take Care and may the Crochet Goddesses be with you.

Crochet Triangles

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The first time I saw a crochet triangle I was so amazed… I know, sounds idiotic…..but I really thought that it was pretty cool…and though I  was dying for the pattern, I was a little embarrassed to ask patterns from a person , I barely knew. Fortunately, for me, another crochet pal asked her the pattern which she very readily shared and thus began a great fascination for moi.

I found this pattern on the internet…..whoever the designer …she/he is awesome…..such a simple pattern and yet so many possibilities…..

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The tutorial below is based on this closed pattern for a triangle.

Here is the written pattern,

Round 1:

Make a basic knot or a Magic Ring.

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Chain 3, 2 dc into the basic knot; 4 chain; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; ss into first ch of 3 ch.

Round 2:

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3 ch up, 2 dc in next 2 dc ;3 dc in 4 ch ,4 ch, 3 dc in 4ch; 3 dc in next 3 dc; 3 dc in 4 ch, 4ch, 3 dc in  4ch; 3 dc in 3 dc;  3 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 3 dc in 4 ch, ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Round 3:

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3 ch up, 5 dc in next 5 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Triangle Charts from the internet

These Triangle charts are very useful if you are thinking of making something unique. Granny squares though much loved and frequently over done…may not be every crocheter’s special project…..but even a Beginner can whip up some thing special with triangles.

The trick here is to know how to place and join them. Triangle Motifs when used intelligently are very versatile and can change an average crocheter’s work into designer ware. Choose the pattern and yarn/thread that you want to use carefully and work the pattern in. I have collated a few triangle charts and also the ways in which various brilliant designers have put them together.

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Links to Patterns using Triangles

I am sharing a few links to projects using in triangle motif here…Hope you will try them out. Most of them are from Pinterest. Do Google search for triangle patterns and have a look around there is so much to see and learn.

Triangle Scarf:

http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/06/road-trip-scarves-pattern.html

Cushion Cover

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Triangular Motif Tunic Top

http://uncinettodoro.blogspot.com/2011/10/maglietta-motivi.html#more

Triangular Motif Afghan

http://kru4ok.ru/vyazanye-kryuchkom-pledy-raboty-alii-sagyndykovojj/

Triangular Coasters

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And so that is it for our Triangle Crochet Motif. Wasn’t that Easy? learn all the shapes that I post here and once we are done with all the shapes I will start posting tutorials on what we can make with each of these shapes.

Enjoy Life….it’s so short….Laugh out Loud…and Don’t Worry about What  Other people are thinking or saying…You are Special, Beautiful and Worthy of All things Bright and Beautiful ….Take Care.

Mandala

MANDALA

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Crochet Chronicles

I was in Kerala undergoing Ayurvedic treatment( the Indian science of medicine) when I saw this post by my Bubbly and chirpy young friend, Mousumi Rao on a Mandala CAL. I couldn’t take part in it then and so I had a Mandala CAL for my group of crocheters…but my health, which is quirky to say the least..decided not to be amenable and I couldn’t take part that time too…then the sun came up, the birds went chippy, chirp and that rainbow rose and bowed right over me…..everything came together and my fingers went hook,  hook, hook…..and Lo Behold! I did it ……….A Mandala!

You must be thinking why is this so important to me…well……….. it’s culture, heritage, history and it’s also the love for all things Indian, I grow more and more home bound as the years pass along. Mandala is an Indian concept…..tied in very deeply to the Hindu religion.

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point. The first mention of the Mandala is seen in the Rig Veda. It represents,  balance and  harmony between the material and the non material things and aspects of the Universe.

It was later on adopted by  Buddhism, and  now  you see a wide acceptance of this concept by Westerners  as well.

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Abbreviations

ch – chain

ss – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Materials Used:

Cotton Yarn – 4 ply ; Hook 3 mm

As I used a little of many colours and types of yarn…I would say I used around 200 gms of yarn approx.

I have used Soft Feather’s Nature, Bali Cotton , Laura Knitting Cotton

Method:

Pls Note that the written pattern hasn’t yet been tested.

Make a Magic Ring.

Round 1:

Make 3 ch up; Crochet 23 dcs into the Magic Ring. ss into the 3rd chain of the 3 ch in the beginning.

Round 2:

Crochet 4 ch up;* 1dc in dc ;1ch*; ** until end; ss.

Round 3:

ss in dc;  3 ch up in  the  1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc 2ch 2dc in the same loop; *2dc, 2ch, 2dc in the next 2 ch loop* Repeat ** until you get a  total 12  such stitches then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  4:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch;

*2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch* – Repeat ** until you get a total of 12 such stitches. then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  5:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch;  2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch  loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  6:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in sc of previous row ; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in sc of previous row; 3ch in 3ch loop*. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals

Round  7:

ch up; sc in the same stitch; sc in each dc and 3chs and 2dc; sc in sc; *8 sc in each stitch in the petal and one sc in sc.*….Total 8 sc per petal…and as you have seen there are 12 petals.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  8:

ss in next  2 sc; *sc in next sc, hdc in the next sc, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, treble in next stitch, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, hdc in the next sc*,sc in next sc;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  9:

3 ch up; 2 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc; *3 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  10:

3 ch, one ch , sk dc, *one dc in dc; one ch , sk dc, one dc in dc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  11:

3 ch up , *3ch skip dc , 5 dc in each of the next 5 stitches*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  12:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 3 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3 ch; *2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop;  3ch* .

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  13:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  14, 15 & 16:

Repeat row 13.

Round  17:

ch up; sc in next 9 stitches; skip ch, *sc, ch; sc in each of the next 9 stitches*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round  18:

3 ch up, dc in next 3 scs; sk sc; *dc in next 4 scs; sk 1 sc; dc in next 4scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  19:

scs all around.

Round  20:

3 ch up, dc in same stitch as the 3 ch: dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

2dc each in next 2 stitches,dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  21:

4 ch up, sk one dc, dc in dc, ch; dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, ;

dc in dc, ch;  sk dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, dc in dc;

ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  22:

3 ch up; dc in every stitch all around.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  23:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round 24:

3 ch up; 3 dc in next 3 scs; *3 ch 4 dc in next 4 scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 25:

ss in next 3 dcs; 3 ch up in the 3 ch loop, 3 dc in the same loop, *3 ch , 4 dc in  3 ch loop;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 26:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch  in the beginning.

Round 27:

5 ch up, sk 2 ch, 5 dc  in the next 5 stitches; * 2 ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in the next 5 stitches*;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 28:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 29: 

one chain up; *sc in the next 12 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 30:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 31:

one chain up; *sc in the next 16 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 32:

3 chain up; dc in each sc all around.

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As you can see the chart finishes at round 28….I have extended to round 32 cos I have a secret agenda…. follow this blog  to see what happens next….:-)

Here is the chart from which I did this Mandala. But I have tweaked this pattern in many places.

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Enjoy doing the piece of sunshine…and as I said…I have plans for this Mandala…………WATCH OUT…..:-)

Fun Refrigerator Handle Covers…Go Veggie…..:-))

Fun Refrigerator Handle Covers

 

Fruit and Veggie Motif and Amigurumi..on Refrigerator   handle cover

Crochet Chronicles:

Remember, last time I told you about my Dad being ill…Well…his sister my Aunt, came down and spent the time with us…you know being with the family, support, love …that vital support system that makes life easier. So when it was time for her to leave …I wanted to make her something that she would love and something that was practical as well..

Thrashed around for a few ideas…with no avail….this always makes me hungry so off I trotted into my Mom’s well stocked kitchen and was about to hit the cookie jar…when I noticed that our maid was changing the towel that my Mom keeps wrapped around the handle of the refrigerator.

There it was …that ‘Eureka’ moment….this was what I was looking for….Moi….is going to hook a refrigerator handle with a lot of sass.

It has to be bright, chirpy, fun and practical….I had just ordered and received a huge bundle of lovely cotton yarn form Bali. And the base  mat was going to be Indonesian.

So how does one sass up a work of art that has been proclaimed as sassy before it was even created? Ummm…….definitely a question for a nuclear physicist…..but yours truly doesn’t give in…….. I ponder on this ponderous Q…….munching on arrowroot biscuits( My Mom is diabetic and so stores only biscuits that she can eat)…and then it hits me…………..Amigurumi vegetables and fruits….Of course!!!!

I decide on Mango, Jackfruit, pineapple, Chilli(red pepper), pumpkin and brinjal(Eggplant)…all what I proclaim as Indian veges…..Not only is my aunt going to get a bright, chirpy and practical Handle cover…it’s going to echo on every Indian woman’s culinary identity.

That’s when google lets me down…totally! Is there an amigurumi pattern for Mango…NOPE…Jackfruit….NOPE..! Pineapple….NOPE..! Am I capable of designing a mango /jackfruit/pineapple amigurumi…..U gotta be kidding!!!

Any way to cut the long tragic circumstance short I decided to hook up a slice of lemon, along with pear and pineapple motifs…and let the Indian woman’s culinary identity go West…a bit……….besides, the net did have patterns on red pepper and egg plant ….So there…

And now for the pattern:

Writing a blog is new to me…so I haven’t yet evolved a style of writing….My pals and well wishers have been giving me wonderful advice and when, my crochet pal Raijo Mathew… tells me that it is an easier read when you have all the  material used in one go and  in one place…and not as I usually write…..I  bow down to sage advice…..here goes…

Pear, Aubergine and pineapple

Pear, Aubergine and pineapple

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Materials used:

Bali yarn 10ply,  one 100gms cake/ball..colour Ecru

For the red border……nature’s cotton from Soft Feather…15gms

Beads big enough to be a button or you can use buttons as well.

Hook Size: 3.5mm

Amigurumi Veges….in various colours…..each vege/fruit material is given in each pattern along with the hook size.

Pattern for the Base:

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Luscious Bali Yarn.....
Luscious Bali Yarn…..
Wooden Beads used as buttons
Wooden Beads used as buttons

 

Thread 6 beads into the Bali thread(colour Ecru) and then begin hooking the pattern.

Row 1:  Crochet chain 40 stitches( you can adjust this according to the size of ur fridge handle)

Row 2: chain 3 and double crochets(dc) in the next chain….continue with dc’s along the chain….until the end.

Row 3: Change colour to Red(can use colour of ur choice)….continue with dc’s as in previous row until the end.

Row 4: Change colour back to Ecru…..chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.

Row 5: Change colour to red……chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.

Row 6: Change colour back to Ecru…..chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.

Row 7 – Row 30: Same as row 6

Row 31 – Row 34: Same as Row 3 to Row 6

Placement of beads and  loops

Placement of beads and loops

Row 35: Scs right through, until the end of the row. In the last sc, make  one sc hook in the bead and lock it in with another sc into the same sc as the first sc.

Measuring the base mat, into 6 equal parts….hook scs along hooks in the bead at equal intervals along the side of the base mat.

Row 36: Scs right along the top most row and one sc in the last sc(the corner of the base mat) Chain 5, then sc into the same sc as before.

Hook scs along the side of the base mat, at  equal intervals just opposite to the bead….hook 6 chain, ss into the first chain, you formed a loop …….continue scs until you reach the second equally divided part.

Pattern for Red Pepper:

Thread used to make the red pepper
Thread used to make the red pepper

Material used: Anchor thread #20 – 1 ball, in chilly red and bright green – a little; Hook size 1:25mm

I used this pattern but when I reached the tip of the pepper I hooked in 2 more rows……….each row with one decrease in dc….to taper off the tip. The nice thing about this pattern is that you can make it as big or as small as you like.

For pattern click on the link below:http://cache.lionbrand.com/faq/549.html

Pattern For Pumpkin Applique Pattern:(My Pattern)

Pumkin and the thread used
Pumkin and the thread used

Materials used: 

Rangoli #20 deep orange – 1 ball, for stem a thicker yarn…here I used Nature’s brown from Soft Feather….just a little. Hook 1.25mm

Make a Magic ring

1st Row: hook 10 scs into the magic ring

2nd Row: 2 dc’s in each sc…..repeat until the round is completed………total stitches – 24 stitches

3rd Row: *1dc 2dc* repeat 12 times or until the round is done…ss(slip stitch)

4th Row: 2 ss in each of the next two scs; 20 scs in next 20 scs, then ss into next 2scs.

Pattern For Brinjal(Egg Plant):

Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal
Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal

Material Used:

Soft feather #5 pearl  Purple;  dark green Anchor #20;

Hook size 1.5mm for the purple and 1.25mm for the green

For pattern click on the link below:http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80843AD.html

Pattern for Lemon Slice:

Slice as Lemon
Slice as Lemon

Materials Used:

Anchor #20 light yellow, Bright yellow, Cream, and White…all 1 ball each. Hook 1.25mm

Using light yellow….make a magic ring.

1st circle:  Make 12 scs in the magic ring

2nd circle: Hook *1sc in sc and 2sc in next sc*; 1sc in sc and 2sc in next and so on until the round is complete….Total 36 stitches.

3rd circle: Hook *1 sc each in next 2 scs and 2sc in next sc*; Repeat until circle until the round is complete……..Total 44 stitches.

4th circle: Hook* 1 sc each in next 3 acs, 2sc in next sc*;….Repeat until circle is complete…..Total 50 stitches.

5th circle: Hook* 1 sc each in next 4 scs, 2sc in next sc*;….Repeat until circle is complete…..Total 56 stitches.

6th circle: Hook* 1 sc each in next 5 scs, 2sc in next sc*;….Repeat until circle is complete….Total 63 stitches.

7th circle: Change colour to cream, Hook* 1 sc each in next 6scs, 2sc in next sc*;….Repeat until circle is complete…….Total stitches 67.

8th circle:  Change colour to white….Scs all around.

9th circle: change colour to Bright yellow……..Scs all around.

This lemon slice should be then measured equally into 6 parts. Sew in a white thread, outlining these 6 slices……Pls check the picture above to get an idea.

Pattern For Pear Applique:

Pear
Pear

Materials used:

Anchor #20 – pear green – 1 ball

Hook 1.25mm

Anchor #20 brown for stem

For pattern click on the link below:

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Pattern for Pineapple Applique:

Pineapple

Materials used:

Red heart #8 pearl…… pineapple orange 1 ball

Red Heart #8 moss green for leaves.

Hook 1.25mm

For pattern click on the link below:http:/http://www.pottagepublishing.co.uk/pineapple-fridge-magnet-crochet-pattern.html

Finished Work
Finished Work

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After making the motifs and amigurumi….stick a piece of velcro  behind each motif. Measure the base mat and divide it  into 3 parts …fixing a double sided velcro on to the middle one of each part

Now just velcro the motif/amigurumi on to the base mat. Thus you can make any number of  food or ‘anything you really fancy motifs’ on your refrigerator. And interchanging them whenever you feel like…is almost good as having many handle holders..:-))

Alternatively, you can sew on the Motifs/amigurmi…..but that means you can’t change the look of ur refrigerator handle cover ever so often…:-((

So that’s it for now….I hope you have enjoyed the ride..and I do hope you liked this one and will try it out….If you do…share your pics in the comments, if that is possible and we can all admire ur work.

Do leave ur comments here and tell me what you think of this page and pattern.

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